Here Come the Sons

For women in Pakistan, son preference increasingly influences parity progression and contraception choices, though research on the topic is slim.

Using data from Pakistan Demographic and Health Surveys from 1990–1991, 2006–2007 and 2012–2013, researchers found a widespread preference to have at least 2 sons, and at least 1 daughter.

If not for son preference, use of modern contraceptives among parous women would have been 19% higher in 2012-2013, the analysis found.

Permanent contraceptive use was rare among women yet to have any sons, and increased the more sons women had.

Guttmacher Institute

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